INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


Monthly Current Affairs March 2016 “INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS” key points to Remember.
Strategic dialogue between US and Pakistan after the controversial deal of F-16 jets
Peru government has declared state emergency after a major oil pipeline burst affecting two
rivers Chiriaco and Morona rivers
Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report –WEF.India – 90th place
=> Top 3: Swizerland, Norway and Sweden
Japanese government will stipulate a long-term goal of cutting green house emissions by 80 per cent by 2050
EU releases 252 million euros in aid for Palestinians to support the Palestinian Authority’s health and education programmes
London is the most expensive city to live in, by overtaking Hong Kong, New York -Savills survey
China launched its first self propelled floating dock, giving it the ability to repair warships from
the coast.
World’s Costliest Train Station Opened in New York,connects New York to New Jersey.
UN Security Council adopts tough sanctions against North Korea Over Nuclear Test
Japan signed an agreement with the Philippines to supply defence equipment, the first such pact by Japan in the South Asian region
India Signs Agreement With IEA(International Energy Agency) in the fields of energy data and forecasting
Pakistan’s upper house of Parliament rejected National Airline privatization bill- PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) Corporation Conversion Bill 2015 – Zahid Hamid.
US religious commission seeking to investigate the declining religious independence in the country denied the Indian Visa.
UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF are setting up special support centres Blue Dot hubs to protect
children & families on move across Europe
Women at Work: Trends2016 -International Labour Organization’s Report.
=> Women’s wages remain unchanged in 20 years
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF) jointly launched the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.
=> 12 countries across Africa and Asia
34 countries, nearly 80 percent of them in Africa, don’t have enough food – UN report
=> Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and the Central African Republic
Pakistan Government initiated probe into Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)
party‘s Alleged ties with based Research Analysis Wing (RAW)
Mumbai and Bangalore are among the cheapest cities in the world – London forecast group (EIU).
=> Most expensive city: Singapore, London(6th) and New York(7th )
Serbian government has proclaimed a state of emergency as heavy rains are causing extensive flooding.
India Inc. is set to formally adopt the United Nations’ (UN) agenda for the world’s sustainable development and 17 goals have been identified for its implementation
The Arab League has declared Lebanese movement Hezbollah a terrorist group, the decision came during an Arab League foreign ministers’ visit in Cairo
Ireland arrived new constitutional territory after its parliament failed to elect a prime minister
=> Enda Kenny remains as prime minister
China’s Supreme Court is setting up its own international maritime “judicial centre” to handle territorial disputes.
UNESCO joined hands with CJ Welfare to start an animation program named Rainbow Ruby.
=> Support for Better Life for Girls campaign
100 Global Venture Capitalists – Top 10
S.no NAME COMPANY GLOBAL RANK
1 SAMEER GANDHI ACCEL PARTNERS 25
2 PROMOD HAQUE NORWEST VENTURE PARTNERS 32
3 SALIL DESHPANDE BAIN CAPITAL VENTURES 35
4 NAVIN CHADDA MAYFIELD FUND 45
5 ASHEEM CHANDNA GREYLOCK PARTNERS 47
6 DEVEN PAREKH INSIGHT VENTURE PARTNERS 52
7 JAI DAS SAPPHIRE VENTURES 59
8 HEMANT TANEJA GENERAL CATALYST PARTNERS 67
9 NEERAJ AGGARWAL BATTERY VENTURES 68
10 KRISHNA KOLLURI NEW ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATES 73
Mauritania has ratified the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930
=> Mauritania, Niger, Norway and the United Kingdom (Europe)
Happiness Index – India ranked 118
=> Top 3: Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland
Narendra Modi is set to join the league of the most prominent world leaders at the World famous Wax Museum Madame Tussauds in London
4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves was inaugurated in Lima, Peru
The world’s first fully electric-powered double-decker bus unveiled in London
=> US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, Author J K Rowling,Former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner,Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo,Cristiano Ronaldo,Lily Singh and Josh Ostrovsky
Bangkok is to impose a curfew during the world’s biggest water festival – Songkran festival
FIFA acknowledged that “tens of millions of dollars” bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors in past World Cup hosting contests for the first time.
13th meeting of Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development was held on 14 March 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education released by the UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS).
=> Gender inequalities highest in the Arab States, sub-Saharan Africa and South, and West Asia
India provided 265 million grant for constituting Tagore’s memorial Auditorium in Srilanka
Britain’s top 101 richest Asians :
=> Hinduja brothers emerged as the richest Asian-origin entrepreneurs in Britain for the fourth consecutive year
=> Others – Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, Sri Prakash Lohia and Arora brothers
EU struck a deal with Turkey to allow all refugees and migrants arriving in Europe.
IKEA pledged Rs 92.84 crore to provide safe water and sanitation to one million people in India and Indonesia through Water.Org.
Barron’s top global 30 CEO’s
=> Top 3 – Warren Buffet(Berkshire Hathaway), David Cote(Honeywell),Jamie Dimon(JP Morgan Chase)
=> Indians – Anand Mahindra(M&M) and Aditya Puri(HDFC).
Nepal to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) as a dialogue partner
TIME’s Most Influential people – PM Modi, tennis player Sania Mirza and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra
=> Others – Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Aziz Ansari
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) made a standardised electronic format for the exchange of Country-by-Country (CbC)
Fortune 50 leaders listed by Fortune magazine – Arvind Kejriwal(42nd)
=> Indian origin -South Carolina’s governor Nikki(17th) and Resham Saujani(20th )
=> Women – Saujani, Angela Merkel,Aung San Suu Kyi ,Christine Lagarde and Sheik Hasina
US congress passed the bill in senate to allow India to be a member of APEC
Radovan Karadzic imprisoned for 40 years for war crimes in Bosnian war 1992-95
Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment’ for 2015 – UN Report
 The contribution by India, China & Brazil in 2015 in renewable energy – $156 billion
India has decided to appeal against WTO verdict in solar panel case
=> Demanding equal market for domestic as well as foreign traders
Security Council has decided to extend the UN assistance provided to Somalia till March,2017
US President, Barack Obama made a historic visit to Cuba in 88 years
=> Signed a first business deal in Cuba since the 1959 revolution
British gov lifted the ban on the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)
Syrian Army(mortal blow) recaptures historic city of Palmyra from IS
EgyptAir Flight MS181 hijacked to Cyprus
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a series of animated films “Unfairy Tales” Of Refugee And Migrant Children to help frame positive insights toward the tens of millions of children and young people
Ebola threat comes to an end in West Africa declared by WHO
France long military operation ‘Sangaris’(2013) in Central African comes to an end
India institute its first Chair in the Arab world at Egypt’s third largest university Ain Shams University (ASU) in Cairo